Ben Avery Shooting Facility 4044 W. Black Canyon Blvd., Phoenix
Exit I-17 at Carefree Highway
If you missed the Arizona Game and Fish Outdoor Expo on March 23-24, 2013, here is some video of the event. Mark your calendar for next year’s Outdoor Expo, March 29-30!
Outdoor Expo draws 35,000 visitors over March 23-24, 2013 weekend;
Sunday's attendance is a record 17,000
The Arizona Game and Fish Department’s 2013 Outdoor Expo drew 35,000 people over the March 23-24 weekend at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix. Sunday’s attendance of 17,000 was a record for an Expo Sunday.
“High mid-morning winds on Saturday temporarily closed a couple of attractions and may have affected Saturday’s attendance, but we still drew a good crowd of 18,000 on Saturday,” said Game and Fish Assistant Director Ty Gray. “Sunday’s weather was almost perfect, and overall, this ended up being one of our best events yet.”
In addition, 3,500 schoolchildren, teachers and chaperones attended the Expo Youth Day on Friday, March 22, meaning 38,500 people total attended over the three days.
The Outdoor Expo is an annual event conducted by Game and Fish to give the public the chance to learn about wildlife-related and outdoor recreation activities, including wildlife viewing, fishing, hunting, archery, shooting sports, camping, off-highway vehicle recreation, and boating recreation.
In addition to the hands-on activities, more than 150 exhibitors were on hand, including sportsmen’s and conservation organizations, government agencies, and commercial vendors of outdoor products and services.
The Gold Sponsor for the 2013 Outdoor Expo was Cabela’s.
“Cabela’s Glendale was very proud and honored to be the Gold Sponsor of the 2013 Arizona Game and Fish Department Outdoor Expo,” said Enrique Mendez, general manager of the Cabela’s store in Glendale, Ariz. “We were glad to have the opportunity to introduce outdoor activities to families here in the Valley.”
Silver Sponsors of the Expo were Remington, Waste Management, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Bronze Sponsors were Sportsman’s Warehouse, Iron City Polaris, A to Z Equipment Rentals and Sales, and Mule Deer Foundation. Other sponsors included HomCo Ace Hardware Tempe and White Flyer Targets.
Next year’s Outdoor Expo will be held on March 29-30, 2014, at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix.
About AZGFD and the Outdoor Expo
To inform, educate, train and introduce the public through activities, demonstrations and exhibits of hunting, fishing, recreational shooting, archery, wildlife watching, off-highway vehicle and watercraft recreation, wildlife conservation, wildlife education, camping, trapping and other related outdoor activities that are consistent with the Department’s mission, policies and positions.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department manages for all wildlife in Arizona but does not receive any Arizona tax dollars.
The Department is run on a user-pay, user-benefit business model, with funding coming primarily from the sale of hunting and fishing licenses, tags, stamps, a portion of federal excise taxes on certain hunting and fishing equipment, and a few other sources such as watercraft licensing / registration fees, OHV decal fees, and the Heritage Fund (a portion of Arizona Lottery ticket sales).
No Arizona tax dollars are used in conducting the Outdoor Expo